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2003 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 December 2003 18:00

Among the year’s seemingly endless spate of business-as-usual Hollywood product, with the remakes and sequels and – in the case of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – a de facto remake of a sequel, I saw exactly one work in 2003 that, with absolutely no qualms, I would call a masterpiece, and it made its debut on HBO. (It was that kind of year.)

 
"Something" Gives Audiences One of the Year’s Most Entertaining Movies: "Something's Gotta Give," "Honey," and "Thirteen" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 December 2003 18:00

Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Something's Gotta GiveSOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

In Something's Gotta Give, a sixtysomething womanizer, currently dating a twentysomething auctioneer (!), finds himself, for the first time ever, falling in love with a woman roughly his age, and – wouldn’t ya know it? – it’s his girlfriend’s mother! Has there ever been so High a Concept? A forced, jokey premise like this is usually enough to make me hide under my theater seat; it’s a situation so nakedly designed to provide good-natured chuckles and muffled sobs that a hardened cynic like me walks into the movie with all defenses immediately up.

 
"The Last Samurai" Derivative, Dull: Also, "Timeline," "The Haunted Mansion," and "The Missing" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 December 2003 18:00

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiTHE LAST SAMURAI

Occasionally, all it takes is sharp cinematography to get critics all woozy. How else to explain the positive notices for Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, a period epic so unexceptional and derivative it might as well have been called Dances with Wolves Meets Braveheart? (Barkeep! Oscars for all!)

 
"Bad Santa" a Salty Holiday Treat: Also, "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" and "Gothika" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 December 2003 18:00

Billy Bob Thornton and Lauren Graham in Bad SantaBAD SANTA

You might find yourself fearing the worst in the opening reel of Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa.

 
Fall Leftovers Full of Turkeys: "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," "Dirty Pretty Things," "Tupac Resurrection," and "Brother Bear" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 November 2003 18:00

Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Bugs, and Daffy in Looney Tunes: Back in ActionAlthough I’m sure some of you are wondering if Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat is as thoroughly obnoxious as its trailers indicate, I’ll begin assessing the major holiday releases next week. Until then, here’s a look at the pre-Thanksgiving leftovers ... .

 
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